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The Economic Importance of National Monuments to Local Communities

Headwaters Economics produced case studies and a series of reports that assess the economic performance of local communities adjacent to national monuments.

The case studies analyze potential future areas for protected public lands. The series of reports examines the 17 national monuments in the eleven western continental states that are larger than 10,000 acres and were established in 1982 or later.

Case Studies: Two studies analyze the importance of federal lands to local economies around Fort Ord in Monterey County, California and in Dona Ana County, New Mexico; along with a recent presentation on Browns Canyon in Chaffee County, Colorado.

Series At-A-Glance: This interactive page shows trends in important economic indicators such as population, employment, personal income, and per capita income before and after the creation of each national monument.  It also links to fact sheets.

Fact Sheets: These two-page summaries offer specific economic details for each national monument studied. They are available as pdfs either from the interactive page or immediately below.

Detailed Reports: These in-depth reports for each of the monuments show important data and trends on demographics, jobs, income, and the performance of specific economic sectors.

Additional Resources: Click here for a study area map of the national monuments. There is also a summary of research findings and a digest of permitted uses for each national monument.

For more information, contact:
Ben Alexander at 406.599.7423 or [email]